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Brooks Orpik Out 4-6 Weeks After Surgical Procedure On His Knee

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik underwent a successful outpatient arthroscopic surgical procedure on his right knee. Based on the nature of this procedure, Orpik is expected to miss four-to-six weeks.

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Anything Fishy With Brooks Orpik’s Signing In Washington?

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

Brooks Orpik was traded by the Capitals, bought out by the Avalance and re-signed in Washington all within the span of little more than one month....

Orpik should thank his agent and accountant for the way this whole situation has shaken out, too, while also taking solace in the fact he might not lose so much as a cent in overall salary despite his new deal carrying a substantially lower cap hit. The buyout from Colorado will pay Orpik $1.5 million this coming campaign and another $1.5 million next summer. Add in the potential to earn $1.5 million in Washington if he meets both bonuses and some grade-school math gives us a total of $4.5 million in earnings for Orpik. Sure, the money is spread over two campaigns instead of one, but this is about the best possible outcome for which the veteran blueliner could have asked.

Orpik’s signing has raised more than a few eyebrows, though, with some calling it a cap-circumventing deal that has essentially allowed the Capitals to retain the defenseman’s services from one season to the next while saving at $4.5 million against the cap for the upcoming season. And while there are rules against a team buying out and subsequently re-signing that player within a one-year period, Orpik’s deal technically doesn’t fall into that category as it was the Avalanche who exercised the buyout option.


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Brooks Orpik Re-Signs With The Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Brooks Orpik to a one-year contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Orpik’s contract will carry an average annual value of $1 million. In addition, the contract includes $500,000 of potential performance bonuses.

“Brooks has been a valuable player and a great mentor for our young players and we are thrilled to bring him back to our organization,” said MacLellan. “We feel his leadership and competitiveness on and off the ice will be welcomed back to our group.”

Orpik, 37, led the Capitals with 168 blocked shots and ranked second on the team, and first among Washington defensemen, with 218 hits in 2017-18. He recorded 10 points (0g, 10a) in 81 regular-season appearances and five points (1g, 4a) in 24 postseason contests. The 6’3”, 217-pound defenseman has recorded 53 points (3g, 50a) and 830 hits in 279 games with the Capitals.

The San Francisco, Calif., native has registered 185 points (16g, 169a) in 982 career regular-season games and 24 points (3g, 21a) in 149 playoff outings. He's a two-time Stanley Cup champion, also winning with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, an Olympic silver medalist (Team USA, 2010) and has also won an NCAA national championship (Boston College, 2001). Orpik ranks first among defensemen in Penguins history in games played (703) and was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year on three occasions (2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12).

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Brooks Orpik Today

via Tom Gulitti tweets,

Orpik said he spoke to Maatta after the game Saturday. Called him a "good friend"

Orpik called the hit "a bad decision".  "There's no denying it was late.'

"Hopefully across the League they'll start punishing other guys the same way."

Orpik basically said the suspension was fair. Accepted full responsibility.

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The Bad Hit By Brooks Orpik

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

I couldn’t believe Orpik — one of the great teammates in any sport — letting down his Washington Capitals guys. He will miss the next three games of the Penguins-Capitals playoff series after being suspended for his elbow-to-the-head hit on Maatta early in Game 2. His absence will be a severe blow to the Capitals defense. They are a much lesser team without him.

I also thought about how hypocritical so many of us are. We are outraged that Orpik did that to Maatta, who could miss significant time with an apparent head injury, and wanted the NHL to come down on him even harder. Yet we loved Orpik when he delivered those dangerous hits when he played for the Penguins. It was perfectly fine that he delivered borderline-to-dirty hits to Erik Cole, Derek Stepan and Jonathan Toews — among others — and had been suspended twice. It was good, hard hockey, right? Of course, we loved Ulf Samuelsson and Darius Kasparaitis, too. It didn’t matter to us that they were dirty players. They played for the home team.

Orpik should be ashamed of himself for that hit on Maatta.

We should be ashamed of ourselves for our sanctimoniousness.

I’m not sure who should be more embarrassed.

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Video- Brooks Orpik Suspended Three Games

Patrick Burke explains...


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A Hearing Today For Brooks Orpik


To review the hit, watch below...

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Videos- Both Coaches Talk About The Brooks Orpik Hit On Olli Maatta

via Sportsnet,



Watch the hit below...

added 9:33am, another video added below, with multiple broadcasts...

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Videos- Brooks Orpik Interference Penalty On Olli Maatta

Maatta has not returned.



Below a fan video with Mike Milbury commentary.

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Videos- Questionable Hits In the Caps/Flyers Game

Ryan White on Brooks Orpik who needed help getting off the ice.




Below, Tom Wilson on Jakub Voracek...

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Brooks Orpik Will Return To The Washington Capitals Tonight

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of Capitals Insider,

Expectations have to be kept realistic and rust is expected, but after being out for more than three months with a lower-body bone injury, defenseman Brooks Orpik will be back in the lineup for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night when they play the Los Angeles Kings.

“It’s probably not going to be perfect, so you try to minimize the chances you take, which I think I normally do anyways,” Orpik said. “Hopefully, that doesn’t affect me too much.”

Capitals Coach Barry Trotz has said it was up to Orpik to decide he was ready, and Orpik said Tuesday’s game was one the team was privately targeting. He’ll play on the third defensive pairing with Dmitry Orlov. Orpik has been on long-term injured reserve, but the Capitals will be able to immediately activate him without any corresponding roster moves.


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The Legal Hit By Brooks Orpik Last Night

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

To recap:

- Boyle placed himself in a vulnerable position.

- The Rangers player materially change his body and head position immediately prior to the hit delivered by Orpik.

- Orpik attempted to hit squarely through his opponent's body and did not "pick" Boyle's head.

These circumstances as listed in rule 48.1 subsections (i) (ii) and (iii) qualifies this hit as unavoidable and therefore "legal."


Watch the hit below....

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Video- Brooks Orpik Hit On Dan Boyle

No penalty on the play and Boyle went to the dressing room and did not return.


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Afternoon Line- Bill Watters On Brooks Orpik

Here is an Orpik hit from last night...


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Morning Line

Will Orpik be worth the $5.5 million cap hit he’ll carry in the final year of his five-year contract at the age of 39? Probably not. But the Caps are convinced he will make a very big impact on this year’s club and make them a legitimate threat in the playoffs.

-Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington on defenseman Brooks Orpik. Read more on Orpik from Gormley....

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Barry Trotz On Brooks Orpik Playing For The Capitals

from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,

The money ($27.5 million) raised plenty of eyebrows. So did the contract’s length (five years). But inside the organization, General Manager Brian MacLellan and Coach Barry Trotz have stood firm on their opinion that Orpik patches a blue-line hole for the Capitals, lauding the veteran’s intangibles for support.

“I know that Mac’s taken some heat on that,” Trotz said. “One of the things you get, and it’s most common, everybody looks at the points and says Brooks Orpik doesn’t have great points, so why are you paying him that? The things that Brooks Orpik does, you can’t put a value on.”...

“To me, it’s a commitment of ownership and the team saying, you know what, we’re in a good window here, let’s get the players that we want, not the players that we have to settle for, and get him because he can have an effect,” Trotz said. “And the effect is going to be in goals and assists. It’s going to be in culture and winning and attitude. And that’s what Brooks Orpik does. I listen to some of the stuff. Everybody has their opinion. They can have their opinion. It really doesn’t matter. It’s what we need, what we feel they need.”

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Ken Daneyko weighs in on the NHL’s UFA-to-be defensemen

Ken Daneyko appeared on the NHL Live on Wednesday afternoon, and he made some surprising remarks.

As far as Daneyko is concerned, Matt Niskanen may turn out to be some team's modern-day version of the Rangers signing Bobby Holik to a $9 million-a-season contract as a 3rd-liner--Daneyko believes that Niskanen is not necessarily a top-two defenseman, and he feels that someone is going to overpay significantly for Niskanen having a career year. He suggests that, "Just because other teams sign outrageous contracts, it doesn't mean you should," so he feels $5-6 million is too much for Niskanen...

Daneyko also suggests that Brooks Orpik is a "complementary" stay-at-home, physical defenseman, not a puck-mover, and he wonders how much Orpik "has left in the tank" (as such, Daneyko feels that Orpik's health = term is a concern);

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Summarizing the GM’s meetings in Twitter form, plus ESPN’s LeBrun’s ‘Rumblings’

Updated 2x at 9:19 PM: Paul did a helluva job of covering the "gist" of the GM's meetings, but here are some items that I noticed on Twitter and feel merit mentioning, starting with Craig Custance's chat with Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman...

In Penguins and Maple Leafs news, from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston...

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Rangers aren’t a bad team, but the Penguins are running them over

George here on the late shift. I'm getting ready to wake up a little bit early to watch Wings players take part in the World Championships, which begin on Friday. The European press tends to look at the NHL playoffs from a rather Machiavellian perspective--sometimes actively rooting against the teams whose players include important national team contributors--and as such, I had one thought as Evgeni Malkin's 1-0 goal slithered past a goaltender who's more or less been left to his devices in Henrik Lunqvist:

"[Team Sweden coach and GM] Par Marts must be watching this game thinking, 'I can get Henke to Minsk by Sunday!'"

The Penguins defeated Lundqvist's Rangers 4-2, taking a 3-games-to-none series lead, and while the Penguins lost Brooks Orpik's services, the Rangers' combination of struggling stars on offense and a sometimes-shaky defense reminds me of--dare I say it?--the Wings-Bruins series.

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Murray Musings

By Tom Murray,

A few thoughts in the wake of what was the major topic of discussion early this week—the hit on Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews by Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Predictably, there were opposing reactions to the hit, all of which can be summed up by the opinions of two well-known hockey pundits.

Greg Wyshynski, aka “Puck Daddy” at yahoo.com, delivered an impassioned defense:

“It was a hellacious check by one of the NHL’s best hitters,” he wrote, “injuring one of the NHL’s best players. Was it headhunting? No. Was it a defender taking liberties with an opponent? No, unless we’ve redefined any hard check in the game as ‘borderline.’”

An interesting take, and one that completely avoided the fact that we’re not talking about just any hardnosed player who delivered the hit, but Orpik, a player whose shady reputation precedes him, a point that was thoroughly covered by Mike Milbury on NBCSN after the game.

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Video- Jonathan Toews Injured After Big Hit From Brooks Orpik

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

As he lay crumpled on the ice following a devastating hit by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, Jonathan Toews uttered something apparently unprintable, got to his feet and skated off to the bench, clutching his left arm with his right. He sat on the bench, hunched over in pain a couple of times, then got up again and left for the dressing room.

The question now is, when will he come back?

Already without one of the top offensive players in the world in Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks might have lost one of the most irreplaceable players in the world, too. Toews left the Hawks’ 4-1 loss to the Penguins with about 6:30 left in the second period, and didn’t return.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville deemed him “day to day,” but said he’d know more on Monday.

“I don’t think it’s serious,” he said.

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Chris Neil Not Happy With Hit From Brooks Orpik

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

"I was going down. I was in vulnerable position. He gave me an extra shove which made me pick up speed going into the boards," said Neil.

"That's the way he plays, he plays a physical game. I wouldn't expect anything less."...

"Playoff hockey your intensity is high out there. You finish checks," said Neil. "Put it this way, I wouldn't have done that to him to put him in that situation. I'm lucky I'm no worse for wear and I'll keep going."

Told of Neil's remarks, Orpik fired back and thought that was pretty rich coming from Neil.

"My response is (that's) very laughable coming from him. I thought it was a pretty harmless play," said Orpik. "I didn't even know he didn't return. He's done his fair share of things to me and everybody else in here.

"We all know how he plays, and he's a guy who plays hard and he's a competitive guy. Everybody knows how he plays. He's out there to agitate and I don't have much to say about it. He gets away with a lot, let's put it that way."


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Video- Tortorella Not Happy With The Penguins

Watch the hit below Tortorella is referring to. Brroks Orpik did get 5 for kneeing and a game.

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Video- Sometimes You Can Catch A Guy Just Right…

... and he can go airborne, just like Daniel Paille did when hit by Brooks Orpik today.

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Video- Brooks Orpik With A Big Hit On Jeff Skinner

Orpik received two for interference and Skinner did return to the game.

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Travis Hamonic Receives Five And A Game For An Almost Elbow

The animated .gif below tells it all.

Now Orpik was hurt, came back with stiches above the nose area, but I don’t think the damage was done by Hamonic.

The gif was posted at HFBoards by a user named HookeyPookey.

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Orpik Denies Eye Gouging Accusations

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Brooks Orpik, in his first public statements regarding the accusation from Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher he either poked or gouged the eyes of ightning star Steven Stamkos, called the accusation “disappointing and childish.”

“It’s disappointing,” Orpik told the St. Petersburg Times and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after the Penguins’ morning skate before Wednesday’s Game 7 at the Consol Energy Center. “I didn’t hear about it until this morning. It’s disappointing. You try to play against their skill guys as hard as you can, try to make it miserable for them. But it’s kind of a childish accusation, kind of a little wrestling match on the ground with a couple of headlocks. I don’t know where that came from.”

The alleged incident took place early in the third period of Monday’s Game 6 during a scrum in front of the Penguins net. Stamkos came out of the pile “fired up,” as he has said, and still was clearly agitated after the game. There was no penalty on the play, and Stamkos did not immediately address the confrontation, though Boucher said he saw it. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman indicated he spoke to the league about the incident, but the league took no action.


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Orpik Expected Back Sometime This Season

via Rob Rossi of Chipped Ice,

Coach Dan Bylsma will provide more details after practice, but GM Ray Shero said today he expects D Brooks Orpik to “be out a while,” adding that “we expect him back this season.” Orpik injured his right arm—likes his hand—when he absorbed a shot from Sharks C Patrick Marleau Wednesday night in a home overtime loss.

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Johan Franzen Takes A Knee From Orpik

In the first period of the game between Detroit and Pittsburgh….

18:17 PIT Brooks Orpik : Kneeing (maj)  - 5 min
18:17 PIT Brooks Orpik : Fighting (maj)  - 5 min
18:17 DET Todd Bertuzzi : Fighting (maj)  - 5 min
18:17 DET Todd Bertuzzi : Instigator - 2 min
18:17 PIT Brooks Orpik : Game misconduct - 0 min
18:17 DET Todd Bertuzzi : Misconduct (10 min)  - 0 min

Franzen stayed on the ice for some time before skating off, but no updated report yet.

added 8:06pm, Franzen not on the bench for the start of the 2nd period.

added 8:31pm, from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen suffered a charley horse late in the first period of tonight’s exhibition opener at Pittsburgh and will miss the rest of the game.


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A Two Week Injury For Orpik

from Sam Kasan of PittsburghPenguins.com,

Another day, another injury. Or so it seems for the Penguins these days.

In the team’s most recent health setback, it was announced Thursday that defenseman Brooks Orpik will be out of the lineup for the next two weeks with a lower-body injury.

“He’s got a two-week injury, lower body,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “We were excited that he was doing better than we feared. He’s doing well. We got some good news and he’ll hopefully be around 14 days.”


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Pens Trying To Keep Orpik

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Orpik’s agent, Lewis Gross, would not say Wednesday if the Penguins have presented a contract offer. However, indications are the club will soon make a formal offer, if it has not already.

Many around the NHL believe Orpik could command offers of $4 million annually from other teams. He is thought to be willing to give the Penguins a so-called “hometown discount” if they provide him a long-term deal.


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Penguins/CBJ Trade Talk

From Aaron Portzline at Puck-rakers in the Columbus Dispatch,

The Pittsburgh Penguins won’t be able to keep their Stanley Cup runner-up club together because of salary cap issues. It looks like the Blue Jackets are prepared to offer a helping hand.

The two clubs have had preliminary trade talks, the Dispatch has learned. The discussions have involved Pittsburgh trading the rights to one or two of their pending unrestricted free agents—players the Penguins have decided they can’t keep because of the salary cap—to the Blue Jackets for draft pick or player compensation.

It’s unclear who the players are, but Ryan Malone and Brooks Orpik seem like logical choices.


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Trouble Brewing with Therrien

From Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun,

...there is a brewing problem between coach Michel Therrien and some of his players—a number of them despise playing for him.

No one will choose the Stanley Cup final as a forum to call out their coach but there are far too many whispers out there that too many players can’t stand working for—or with—Therrien.

If that isn’t an issue to be dealt with immediately, it is certainly something that will grow with time. Brooks Orpik, the free agent defenceman who will be coveted by many teams after July 1, has told people he will not re-sign in Pittsburgh if Therrien is the coach. Jordan Staal, the terrific young player who lives in the shadow of Crosby and Evgeni Malkin—but is poised to bust out as one of the most complete centres in hockey—is another Therrien complainer.

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Talking to Penguins Talbot and Hall (Updated)

Update 1:01pm ET: Interview with Ryan Whitney & Brooks Orpik now added below.


Q. What do you feel like you did better in Game 3 than you had done in the previous two games, and what do you feel like you have to do better still in Game 4?

ADAM HALL: Well, I think we were just able to do a better job limiting our turnovers and forechecking, and I think that was kind of a key to help creating more offense for us.

MAXIME TALBOT: Yeah, we made some little adjustments. And obviously I think that the desperation in and the crowd got us going. Yes, we had a little slow start, but I think after that yesterday it was a cliche but we talked about getting the first goal, and that was huge for us. And we got it, and it was a different game for us. Because it’s easier to play, when you play against the Detroit Red Wings and they have the lead, it’s kind of hard to come back because they’re so smart and experienced.

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